Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, admitted last week that he was the subject of a federal investigation ostensibly focused on his “tax affairs.”
After spending weeks prior to the election downplaying new allegations against the younger Biden, many in the mainstream media are now forced to pay attention to the growing scandal.
Caught on tape
In the wake of Hunter Biden’s acknowledgment, subsequent media reports have indicated the investigation had been ongoing since 2018 and was broader in its scope than just his taxes.
As the Washington Examiner pointed out in a compilation video published this week on social media, various mainstream media personalities summarily dismissed the Hunter Biden story as baseless, only to feign seriousness as they reported on the latest developments in recent days.
The media repeatedly claimed there’s “no evidence” of Biden family corruption.
Now, Hunter Biden announces he’s been under FBI investigation since 2018. pic.twitter.com/FXw0sToLmv
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 10, 2020
The video appears to make the clear case that many media hosts and pundits are now fully acknowledging a story they dismissed out of hand when it might have hurt the chances of President Donald Trump’s rival in last month’s election.
In a companion editorial by Examiner writer Becket Adams, examples of the media’s effort to suppress allegations against Hunter Biden — particularly in the final days of the election — were tied to an apparent bid to protect Joe Biden’s political chances.
“No one paid for a phony dossier”
Adams cited nearly a dozen instances of prominent figures and outlets dismissing any negative claims about the former vice president’s son or declaring such coverage unworthy of serious discussion because there was no evidence.
Social media firms were also engaged in an effort to limit the spread of stories and comments on the subject.
The mainstream media dismissals continued even in the presence of apparent evidence reportedly recovered from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.
Fox News Channel personality Greg Gutfeld offered a similar perspective in his own opinion piece, contrasting the media’s shutdown of Hunter Biden-related coverage with the blind and uncritical acceptance of any rumor put forward against Trump in the largely debunked Steele dossier from four years ago.
“It’s worth noting the contrast since the Hunter evidence is actually real,” Gutfeld added. “No one paid for a phony dossier and then had the media pass it around like a crack pipe — so that it got ‘re-verified’ by other jackasses.”